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  1. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Landlords biting their fingernails as luxury flats stay vacant

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 11:52am by Peggy Sito

    ... There was little hiring, and companies started cutting housing budgets for expatriates and often hiring them on local terms. As a result, demand for large flats of 2,000 square feet or more, with asking ... on The Peak. Senior expatriate managemers now express a preference for the Southside or even Sai Kung. Some expats in middle management have moved from Hong Kong Island to West Kowloon, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1429507/landlords-biting-their-fingernails-luxury-flats-stay-vacant
  2. Property - Hong Kong & China - HONG KONG

    Expatriates seek cheaper and bigger flats in Hong Kong's Tseung Kwan O

    Posted Feb 26th 2014, 05:24am by Sandy Li

    ... town A year ago an Australian expatriate worker in Hong Kong called Peter moved to Lohas Park in Tseung Kwan O, attracted by a bigger living space at an affordable rental. "Before I moved ... sales director at Centaline's Tseung Kwan O branch, said she had noticed a growing number of expatriates from Britain and Switzerland, as well as some overseas Chinese, renting homes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1435050/expatriates-seek-cheaper-and-bigger-flats-hong-kongs-tseung
  3. News - Hong Kong - PROPERTY

    New 15 per cent stamp duty may hit expatriate homebuyers

    Posted Oct 28th 2012, 12:00am by Johnny Tam, Tony Cheung

    ... Johnny Tam and Tony Cheung Stamp duty aimed at speculators could deter not-yet-permanent residents from buying New levy will block expatriates It may be targeted at property speculators, but a new stamp duty would derail the home-purchase plans of expatriates who are not yet permanent residents. That was the debate raging online a day after new cooling measures on the property ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1071453/new-15-cent-stamp-duty-may-hit-expatriate-homebuyers
  4. Property - International - REGULATION

    Curbs on funds transfer could hurt Chinese investment in overseas property

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 11:48am by Peggy Sito

    ... been suspended, there are countless other structures which facilitate the expatriation of Chinese funds globally," said O'Neill, who owns a company that specialises in international ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1556120/curbs-funds-transfer-could-hurt-chinese-investment-abroad
  5. Property - Experts Q&A

    Q & A with our experts, April 17, 2013

    Posted Apr 17th 2013, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... Q: I'm an expatriate from Europe. I plan to buy a flat in the Hong Kong Parkview estate for my own use. It will cost about HK$19 million. How much stamp duty do I need to pay and are there any other new rules I should be aware of? A: You will have to pay a stamp duty of 7.5 per cent. You also will have to pay buyer's stamp duty on top of the regular stamp duty, which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/experts-qa/article/1216141/q-our-experts-april-17-2013
  6. Property - Hong Kong & China - RENTING

    Expat tenants forced to move to cheaper areas to escape rising rents

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 04:29am by Yvonne Liu

    ... force expats to move Rising rents and reduced living allowances are driving expatriate workers out of their preferred neighbourhoods as their leases come up for renewal, estate agents say. John, an expatriate from Britain, has rented an apartment in Wan Chai for nearly a year. It is close to his office and offers all the convenience of city living. However, he is now reluctantly searching ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1426069/expat-tenants-forced-move-cheaper-areas-escape-rising-rents
  7. Property - International - SPECIAL REPORT: PROPERTY MATTERS

    Thailand's property market hit by military coup

    Posted Jun 11th 2014, 04:39am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... inventory and this may translate to some value offerings in the mid-market sector- but that's not where expatriates want to live. Pitchon says that for overseas investors, apartments and condos suitable to house expatriates still represent the best rental income potential.   Buying Guide What you can buy for 104 million baht (HK$24.6 million) A top-of-the-range superluxury condominium ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1529307/thailands-property-market-hit-military-coup
  8. Property - International - SPECIAL REPORT: PROPERTY MATTERS

    Luxury Jakarta properties retain allure

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 03:29am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... Indonesians, whose coffers have been boosted by booming mining and commodity sectors, along with a few expatriates and top officials. Indonesia still does not allow foreign individual property ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1534790/luxury-jakarta-properties-retain-allure
  9. Property - International - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

    Soaring property prices rekindle bubble fears in Dubai

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 03:29am by Reuters

    ... an acceleration of real estate lending as developers launch new projects, and more local and expatriate customers seek to enter the mortgage market," credit rating agency Standard & Poor's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1534828/soaring-property-prices-rekindle-bubble-fears-dubai
  10. Property - Hong Kong & China - LUXURY RESIDENTIAL

    Luxury housing rents slide as expats move

    Posted May 06th 2014, 03:22pm by Peggy Sito

    ... however, are benefiting from an influx of expatriates trying to reduce their rental outlay, and tenants who used to live in Mid-Levels are moving further east, to Tai Hang, Tin Hau and Quarry Bay. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1505803/luxury-housing-rents-slide-expats-move

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